Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Advocate Profile

On July 8, 2004, then 18 year old Taylor Price, was involved in a catastrophic accident, while vacationing with his family on Long Island. After diving into the ocean and hitting his chin on a hidden sandbar, he was instantly rendered a C5-C6 quadriplegic. He spent eleven days at Stonybrook University Hospital, before being moved to The Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA, where he participated in extensive physical and occupational therapies over four months.

In the fall of 2005, Taylor began studying at Georgetown University where he majored in finance and marketing. Despite his disability, he was one of the most "active" and visible people on campus. During his undergraduate years, Taylor served as the student representative on Georgetown's Board of Directors for two years, was involved in Georgetown University's Student Association, co-founded one of the largest scholarship funds at Georgetown in memory of a friend's father, and is one of Georgetown's biggest sports fans . Taylor received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration as a member of the class of 2010, graduating cum laude.

Taylor had an amazing opportunity to intern for The White House, in the spring of 2010, as a member of The Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. His responsibilities included communicating directly with mayors nationwide regarding the President's agenda and local priorities, preparing briefing materials for senior staff meetings, and assisting with events.

On the advocacy front, Taylor spoke on Capitol Hill in 2005 to help introduce the "Employer Worker Incentive Act for Individuals with Severe Disabilities" alongside Senators Bob Dole, Ted Kennedy and Pat Roberts. Furthermore, Taylor was a co-founder of the Conference on Employment of People with Disabilities hosted by Georgetown University. The conference is designed to examine the public policy choices and the business and technological challenges and opportunities that affect the employment of people with disabilities

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